Magnus Gjoen – Break Glass for a New Beginning at artrepublic Soho

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 June 2013

Exhibition preview: Magnus Gjoen – Break Glass for a New Beginning, artrepublic Soho, London, until June 29 2013

A photo of a small gold sculpture of a beetle on a green background
Magnus Gjoen, Goliath Scarab© Magnus Gjoen
Raised in Switzerland and schooled in Renaissance portraiture in Copenhagen, former Vivienne Westwood designer Magnus Gjoen – the artist spent six years with the brand – has re-imagined Genesis and the Resurrection in a modern light, calling his works “Exodus for Generation-X”.

Street, pop and fine art mediums inspire Gjoen, who says his take on tradition adds punk sensibility to old treasures.

Prints, sculptures and ceramics all feature, as do visions of religion, war, beauty, destruction and art. Rousing and foreboding, they add up, in the artist’s words, to a form of salvation for a godless generation.

More pictures:

A photo of the biblical figures of Adam and Eve inside test tubes
Break Glass for new Beginning© Magnus Gjoen
A photo of a Jesus figure inside a broken glass jar
Break Glass for Resurrection© Magnus Gjoen
An image of a sculpture of two multicoloured dogs holding a chain between them
It's a Fearful Thing to Love Something that Death can Touch© Magnus Gjoen
A photo of a sculpture of a white gun with blue porcelain designs on it
Delft Machine Gun© Magnus Gjoen
An image of a blue and white porcelain patterned sculpture of a beetle
Delft Stag Beetle© Magnus Gjoen
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